Lisa B. (Lisa) from CTR TUFTNBORO, NH Reviewed on 9/1/2006...
A man with a profound sense of groove takes a more aggressive stance in terms of tempos and playing on this one.
Up there with his 70's stuff
Matty N | Seattle, WA United States | 02/18/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Initially I dismissed this album, as I'm skeptical about JJ's newer material. But while this release fails to capture the earthy, analog grit of classics like Naturally and Troubador it is still well worth owning. Tunes like No Time and Lean On Me are vintage JJ. He also does a nice job of mixing genres on Lady Luck and Tijuana. End Of The Line, however, really makes the album - as Cale gets back to the raw precision that seems to have eluded his blues in recent decades..."
"In '94, this was my first exposure to JJ Cale, and I played it hundreds of times. I have since purchased quite a few of his earlier CDs. Though all his work seems fairly even and similar, I think this album has the greatest variety, the most sophisticated mixing of the ensemble players, and the most original and clever lyrics. The production mix is wonderfully layered and complex, yet somehow maintains the feel that it could have been recorded in a smoke filled garage. It has all the traditional sounds but steps outside of the reliance on blues and traditional themes."
One of the best albums of J J Cale
(5 out of 5 stars)
"J J Cale has produced many albums over the years, some of which have had many good songs. Among my favourites are Okie and Troubadour, for the number of good songs on each. However Cale excelled himself in Travel-Log. The good songs just keep coming. There is a diversity of atmosphere between the songs also, making the title Travel-Log rather appropriate: Shanghaid has an oriental feel, while Tijuana talks of Mexicans wishing to cross the border into the USA. In this song Cale showcases his abilities on a Spanish-style guitar. But probably the highlight of the album is the exceptional number of blues- influenced songs. The End of the Line is creative, as well as humorous, in a typically wry sort of way. Humdinger has a raucous guitar riff, and River Boat Song calls to mind a riverside scene: "River Goddamn, bring my baby home." Altogether a consistently good album, which far outshines Number 10 and Closer to You."
My favorite JJ album
Lance Kozlowski | 05/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have every JJ CD and have to say this is my favorite. Matter of fact that's why I'm here on Amazon.com right now - got to buy a new copy because the old one is worn out.This is great stuff with guitar hooks that scratch that special place and excellent wry lyrics sung in the inimitable JJ way"